Spain is an all-new Marketplace for this year’s Festival, positioning itself across from the Germany Pavilion on the Italy side.
The menu is also all-new.
- Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olives and an Herb Vinaigrette – $6.50
- Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken and Crispy Chorizo – $5.25
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika – $5.25
- Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd – $3.75
- Wine Flight – $6.50
Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olives and an Herb Vinaigrette – $6.50
This is a fun presentation with prosciutto, salami, ham, olives, and tangy cheese stuffed into the transportable cone and then topped with an Italian dressing that gives each bite added zip. I’m not sure it’s a tremendous value as most people are probably familiar with grocery store meats and cheeses, but everything tasted flavorful and fresh. It’s not every day that someone hands you a cone of meat.
Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken and Crispy Chorizo – $5.25
What we were served on the first day didn’t hit any high notes for me – there’s exactly one shrimp and one bite of sausage along with the two mussels and a modest pile of lukewarm, largely flavorless rice. This one may come down to luck based on how fresh the dish is and how many shrimp jump on the ladle as it’s spooned onto the plate. There is some potential here, but I don’t think it will be a home run every time.
Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika – $5.25
This dish was one of the prettiest we were served all day with the vibrant seafood glistening brightly in the Florida sun. And everything that was above the oil and vinegar tasted great. But there was so much oil at the bottom of the cup that at least half the salad tasted incredibly greasy as the oil absolutely overwhelmed all of the other stuff. This is another one that I think will improve with time as the amount of seafood was generous given the price.
Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd – $3.75
Another miss on execution, I think it’s evident how dry the lower two-thirds of this cake is from the picture – the olive oil and citrus flavors also should have been more pronounced. It’s far from the worst item ever offered at the Festival, but nobody was in a hurry to take a second or third bite.
Wine Flight – $6.50
With Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello ($5), Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Garnacha Rosado ($5), and Casa Castillo Monastrell.
This was the prettiest of the wine flights we were served with each bottle retailing for around $13. None is likely to impress the smuggest among us, but I appreciated the fruity flavors that each provided. You have to wash the cake down with something. It might as well be wine.
Overall, I’d be willing to give any of these dishes a second shot and may during my next visit to the Festival, but we weren’t served anything that I would heartily recommend with so many sure-things available.